Benzodiazepines are typically prescribed for the short-term treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorders.
All types of benzos – schedule IV controlled substances – have the potential for abuse and addiction, even when used as directed. If addiction (substance use disorder) develops, the optimum pathway to recovery involves a supervised medical detoxification with a tapered reduction in dosage followed by inpatient or outpatient benzo rehab.
It is dangerous and potentially deadly to stop using benzos suddenly without medical supervision. The most effective benzo detox involves a gradual and tapered reduction in dosage. Tapered reduction can mitigate most of the intense withdrawal symptoms that manifest during benzodiazepine detox.